[Ontbirds] HSR: DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark (31 Oct 2011) 284 Raptors

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Mon Oct 31 18:10:15 EDT 2011

DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2011

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             260          50917          51434
Osprey                       0             16             85
Bald Eagle                   1             83            180
Northern Harrier             0            122            224
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7           2823           5234
Cooper's Hawk                7            553            652
Northern Goshawk             0             10             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            202            204
Broad-winged Hawk            0            642         195858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              5
Red-tailed Hawk              7           1758           1836
Rough-legged Hawk            0              8              8
Golden Eagle                 0             95             95
American Kestrel             0            258            662
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             18
Unknown Accipiter            0             42             56
Unknown Buteo                0             41             41
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0             20             24

Total:                     284          57606         256650

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa

Just us regulars.

It was overcast and then it rained and then it was overcast again. The wind
was light and variable.

Raptor Observations:
Another quiet day. In addition to a couple largish kettles of turkey
vultures, a handful of sharp-shinned, cooper's and red-tailed hawks were
spotted before the rain. 

Non-raptor Observations:
I decided to take a walk along the trails at the end of the day. Nothing
out of the ordinary but did find a few interesting birds. Highlights
included brown creeper, blackpoll warbler, rusty blackbird, american tree
sparrow and swamp sparrow. 

Tomorrow is looking clearer with mostly sunny skies in the morning and
partly sunny skies in the afternoon. Temperatures should reach the upper
50s and the wind will be light and mostly out of the south. Sounds pretty
good to me. 
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (jonathanjstein at gmail.com)
SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark information may be found at:

Site Description:
The primary site used by the Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of
the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and it's Friends group, the
International Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie
Metropark located approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. A
secondary site, the Headquarters of Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is used
during certain wind conditions. When staffing is available, both sites can
be used at the same time. The season begins on the first day of September
and concludes on the final day of November. For details and directions, log
on to www.drhawkwatch.org

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

>From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.

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